(This article follows the 1st part of my entrepreneurial journey.)
During the past 15 years, I have launched several businesses. Today I’m training and coaching other entrepreneurs and business owners, in various industries but mainly in Fashion. I won’t say that I have become an expert in Sustainability nor in Fashion, but I would better define myself as a learner since I’m still experimenting with the principles of Sustainable Development in the business world and improving by increments.
The fashion industry must change
I see many new initiatives in my primary field of work, which includes textile, fashion, and clothing. This industry is often pointed as the second most polluting industry in the world. Although I am no scientist I have seen enough waste, pollution, and exploitation of all kinds, to disagree with the above statement.
Our world is consuming more clothes than ever before. This phenomenon has been made easier with the end of the Multi-Fiber Agreement. On January 1st, 2005, the quotas imposed on developing countries on garment export to developed countries has been phased out. This led to an increase in the import of cheap clothes mainly from China (which economy was far less developed at that time) and later from other developing countries.Continue reading →